Roberts v SAAFA & Allgemeines Krakenhaus Viersen: an ongoing cross border claim from 20 years ago

Harry Roberts’s case arose out of brain damage sustained during his birth in Germany in June 2000. Infant brain injury cases can be among the most expensive claims if, as is usual, there is a high annual care need and a lengthy life expectancy. This case has added complications because of the cross-border setting and because of a dispute on limitation despite the claimant’s minority.

Continue reading

Maran UK v Begum – does English law apply to a fatal accident in a Bangladeshi shipbreakers?

In this recent decision the High Court refused to strike out a claim brought in England by the widow of a Bangladeshi ship worker who had died when he fell during the breaking of a ship disposed of in Bangladesh by an English company. The case turned on the existence (or not) of a duty of care and on the applicable law.

Continue reading

Civil Liability Bill – yet more amendments tabled and a new call for evidence

Further opposition amendments to the Bill have been published. As indicated yesterday, the prospects of these being carried may not be high and indeed several might be regarded as probing amendments designed to secure explanations and clarifications from government. For completeness, the thrust of the amendments is set out in the body of this article.

Continue reading